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#1 of 10 Daniel THB

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Posted October 20 2003 - 11:58 AM

i may need to ship in excess of 20 dvd's to individual addresses next week (ebay auction). i plan on using U.S. mail but want to know the most cost effective way to package the dvd's. any suggestions on the cheapest envelopes and where to get them? thanks.

#2 of 10 parin_patel

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:15 PM

I've found padded envelopes to be the most economical way to ship out single DVD's. You can get them at any mailing/office supply store (like Staples) for around $0.25 to $0.50 each depending on the size and quantity you buy.

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#3 of 10 Randy Schissler

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:30 PM

Buy 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" cheap manilla envelopes from Sav-On, Target, or Office Depot. Wrap the DVD's in thin foam pads that come in cases of apples or tomatoes at your food market. It's a tight fit so put a few pieces of cello packaging tape on the ouside of the envelopes to keep them secure. That's what I do, though snapper cases may not fit. If you want a simpler but more expensive way, buy 8" x 10" padded envelopes from the same sources.

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#4 of 10 Daniel THB

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:44 PM

thanks for the tips.

#5 of 10 Jean Paul Villeneuve

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Posted October 20 2003 - 02:54 PM

Also, always place a piece of bubble wrap or folded paper towels inside the keepcase. That prevents the disc from falling off its spindle.
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#6 of 10 Glenn Overholt

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Posted October 20 2003 - 03:18 PM

The envelopes that Parin suggested are 6 x 9". They are a really good and tight fit, and I always use them for returns. I also slap 5 stamps on them, but with 20, maybe you should figure out the exact cost.

Oh, and please secure the hub as suggested too.

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#7 of 10 Randy Schissler

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Posted October 21 2003 - 01:40 AM

Send them at the Media Mail rate. It should be $1.52 for one DVD.

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#8 of 10 Brajesh Upadhyay

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Posted October 21 2003 - 01:45 AM

I send them First Class for $1.29 each. This works for a keepcase w/single disc inside.
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#9 of 10 SteveGon

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Posted October 21 2003 - 01:52 AM

Then charge 'em five bucks per DVD for shipping. Posted Image

#10 of 10 Craig

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Posted October 21 2003 - 02:22 AM

You can get delivery confirmation with either First Class or Media Mail, assuming you're using a large enough envelope for the confirmation tag to fit on. I usually ship First Class with delivery confirmation.

I use the bubble mailing envelopes that you can get at any of the office supply stores. I've shipped probably a hundred DVDs this way and haven't had a problem.

If you want to use Priority Mail, you can get video sized boxes that will fit DVDs or VHS tapes from the post office. The boxes are free.